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Student athletes manage Greek life and academics

Sarah Villani March 2, 2023

Now that Greek rush season has begun, student athletes have to balance a lot of different activities, and some are adding Greek life on top of their already busy schedules. Being a distance runner on...

Ann Oakes and Bill Lavarone preparing to start a Mario Kart race.

Pledging for the Support Squad: Groups outside of Greek Life

Victoria Campbell February 25, 2023

As the school year gets busy, it becomes more difficult to balance social and academic areas of life. That anxiety can be managed by making mental health a priority. The Dean of Students and student counseling...

Augustana students rush but don’t pledge – why?

Zach Blair March 12, 2022

During rush season, the eight fraternities and six sororities on Augustana’s campus allow for students not yet involved in Greek life to experience the possibility of joining a group without the pressure...

First-year Holden Siena practicing at Lindberg Natatorium on Mar. 3, 2022.

The equilibrium between studies, sports and Greek life: an athlete’s guide

Abhib Lal Amatya March 10, 2022

Recently, schedules have become a bit hectic for student-athletes who have decided to join Greek life at Augustana since pledging has begun. Pledging normally lasts from 8 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. every night....

Pledging impacts Augustana clubs

Zain Shrestha March 2, 2022

Greek life pledging has made a noticeable impact on Augustana’s clubs and activities, according to junior Madison Watwood. There have been apparent differences in attendance; however, executive members...

Augie’s new COVID policies provide optimism, but we still need to be cautious

Kyle King February 26, 2022

As of Feb. 14, Augie’s prior restrictions on the size of group gatherings, student clubs, organizations and visitors at admissions or athletic events have been lifted.  The official email sent out...

Demystifying the money behind Greek Life

Demystifying the money behind Greek Life

Carly Davis March 15, 2021

From the outside looking in, Greek Life at Augustana is hard to pin down. Social groups, service fraternities and academic organizations vary enough that any generalized statement about Greek Life falls...

Greek Life faces unexpected challenges due to pandemic

Greek Life faces unexpected challenges due to pandemic

Aaron Hanania March 15, 2021

Pledging is a foundational aspect of Augustana College’s Greek Life. It is a ceremonial tradition in which active members of a sorority or fraternity bond with new members over a four-week period. This...

It's All Greek to Me

April 7, 2016

Three years ago, I decided not to pledge social Greek. Instead, I found my way to Sigma Alpha Iota-Delta Tau, an international music fraternity housed here on campus. I'll admit I'm not much of a social...

More to Greek life than 'partying and paid friends'

More to Greek life than 'partying and paid friends'

April 7, 2016

Greek life on any college campus can result in many judgments from those on the outside of the Greek community. These being the incoming freshman who are eagerly waiting for or eagerly avoiding the rush...

The hierarchy of Greek life is not for everyone

April 7, 2016

While stress is an infamous commonality within the world of spring terms, there was one thing wrong with the stress I felt for a short amount of time beginning the first week back from spring break. I...

Letter to the Editor: Pledging period

April 2, 2015

Administration and Greek Life changed the pledging hours for this year’s pledge classes, but unfortunately, in my opinion, they failed to address the real problem. A sorority pledge is responsible for...

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